Lake Michigan Kayak fishing
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Fished McKinley early this morning before sunrise. Was trolling a reef runner and a flicker minnow pro. Had bites on both, but no hookups. Marked fish congregated in areas, and some out in the open, they were all 15 foot down and deeper.
This is my first year using the kayak in the harbor for the fall run, any tips would be appreciated. I've always just shore fished the fall run.
MOON PHASE (7%)
Got out after work for the first time in a while. Fished Milwaukee. Boats everywhere! It was to the point where I was no longer comfortable fishing anywhere near the gaps. I pulled cranks and spoons both in and out of the harbor with limited success. Ended up 2/3 with a 15# king and a smallish Brown. Cold water down 20 feet. I'm hoping to get out again after work tonight. If anyone wants to tag along shoot me a PM.
MOON PHASE (0%)
So two really quick reports: Saturday, 9/9 I took my wife out on my kayak (she took my Hobie, I paddled around) with the hopes of getting her first king salmon. She ended up going 3-4 with an 8 lber, a 16 lber and a huge 25.5 lb king in about 2.5 hrs. I didn't even fish, I'd clear her other line and net the fish for her, which was no easy task. She was just trolling cranks. Obviously, she's thrilled and wants to get out again. I'm hoping this leads into me getting another pedal kayak...
On Saturday, I trekked up to Manitowoc to fish in the Great Lakes Kayak Fishing Series Salmon Tourney. The winds and waves kept some people away, but it really wasn't as bad as I was expecting. I believe there were 15-16 anglers and they ended up keeping 43 salmon (few cohos mixed in with the vast majority were kings). Lots of upper teens to low 20s fish. I think everybody caught at least 1 salmon and many had multiple and a few limits. Couldn't believe how good the fishing was from outside the gap and into the harbor and river. Mostly cranks, but I think some were caught on spoons too. Tight lines for anybody getting out... I think my harbor king fishing is winding down. Looking forward to some cold water and getting back on some 2-3 year old kings offshore.
Anyone been out? This weekend is my last chance to get back to Lake Michigan for the year. Forecast looks bumpy so might settle for harbor trolling. Judging from other reports it looks like at least some fish are being caught shallow. Trolling plugs near the bottom in September has usually been good for me.
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